Indian businessman in court again over his deportation

The Indian businessman, Ashok Kumar Sivaram, has filed a case against his deportation at the Accra High Court, and to compel the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to issue him a visa.

The Indian is currently in the country without visa because the GIS had turned down his visa application.

His lawyer, Mr. Gary Nimako Marfo, went to court, following refusal by the GIS to comply with an earlier court order on August 4, 2017.

Mr. Siravam was deported to his country on June 1, 2017, for allegedly forging a marriage certificate, to enable him to acquire a Ghanaian citizenship.

The lawyer is by a mandamus application, urging the court to order the GIS to reinstate the visa of his client.

Mr. Marfo said that the GIS, acting on a pending deportation order, cancelled the visa of Siravam, but argued that the order had since been quashed by the court and the pronouncement of the court must be respected.

The lawyer said he and his client met personnel of the GIS on  August 8, to regularise the visa of Siravam.

Mr Marfo  said “ we had report of harassment by some Immigration officers. They tried to arrest him (Siravam) again.”

“We filed an application for them to reinstate the visa. They refused to take the money. We went back and they refused to accept the money.”

On August 14, the lawyer said, he  wrote a letter that they (GIS) must accept the money that comes with the application, a copy of which was served the Attorney General, the Minister of the Interior and the Comptroller General of the GIS.

Mr. Marfo said on August 15, he filed the mandamus application only to be told later that day the GIS had brought a letter to his office asking that he brought the applicant (Siravam) to them.

He described as untrue publications that he did not honour an invitation by the GIS.

It is to be recalled that Justice Kwaku Ackaah-Boafo, on August 4, ordered the release of the Indian, who had been detained by the GIS.

The court asked the GIS to return the passport of Siravam, and allow him to regularise his stay in the country.

The case had been adjourned to August 25.

By Malik Sullemana   

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